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Why Give?

Changing Children's Lives

Founded in 1887, Columbus Early Learning Centers (CELC) is the oldest early childhood education agency in Franklin County with a history of more than 125 years of service to families living in poverty. 

Our Families:

  • 72% live at or below 150% of poverty ($34,575 for a family of four).  
  • 85% are single-parent; female-headed households.
  • 80% are parents under the age of 25.
  • 78% Minority status.

The Challenge:

  • Average cognitive scores of children who live in poverty are 60% lower than their more affluent peers.
  • At age four children who live in poverty are 18 months behind their more affluent peers.
  • Our children live in the highest crime areas in Franklin County and are likely to experience stressors that negatively impact brain development.
  • In Columbus City Schools at least 34% of children are not prepared for kindergarten entry.
  • Only 41% of Franklin County preschoolers are enrolled in an early learning program.
“Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children.”

        - Sitting Bull

The Solution:

  • Your support can change children's lives: early childhood education is a proven intervention to close the achievement gap.
  • You can help break the cycle of poverty and help our children prepare to be successful in school and in life.